Chris Glew

Chris Glew is Estonian World's London Editor. Chris has also written for other international media outlets, as well as for Estonia's Postimees, Eesti Päevaleht and Delfi.

Cybersecurity: 3DOS – the new breed of denial-of-service attacks

The traditional DOS (denial-of-service) attack is a fairly simple concept to understand – bombarding a target server, perhaps that of a newspaper, bank or government agency, with a deluge of botnet traffic until it simply gives up the ghost. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s own nifty analogy (and my favourite) is that it is …

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Keeping the flag flying – Estonia’s diplomatic solo artists of the Cold War

Estonian diplomats in exile worked tirelessly to ensure that Estonia was not forgotten and that the Soviet occupation was reported accurately. The current London Diplomatic List weighs in at a hefty 142 pages. Listed within are the names and positions of every diplomatically accredited member of staff of all foreign …

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President Ilves: “No such thing as a free app”

President Ilves today addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security in the UK House of Commons, upon the invitation of its treasurer, James Morris MP. The key theme of the President’s remarks was identity and, more specifically, who should be responsible for securing and guaranteeing it in society. He …

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Club Radio Free Europe – bringing music from Estonia (and beyond) to London (video)

Chris Glew talks to British music journalist Andrew Childs about his latest venture – featuring Estonian bands Kreatiivmootor and Elephants from Neptune. Foyles Jazz Cafe in central London seems an appropriate place in which to discuss music. My interlocutor is Andrew Childs, a music journalist whose latest project – Club …

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Chris Glew: Estonia needs to address its false phobias

LGBT rights (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual for the unaware) have always been an emotive issue. The US, UK and France have announced plans to enshrine marriage equality in law and, at least in the latter two, there is a likelihood of this political plan becoming a legal reality. Whilst feelings …

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The tale of Mouse Tail Coffee

How two Estonians are bringing good coffee to South London: The tale of Mouse Tail Coffee. Speciality coffee is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Peckham, Southeast London. One of the parts of the capital worst hit during the riots of 2011, it has …

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Chris Glew: Never mind the present, the future is bright

“Second Survey Shows Public Less Confident in Cabinet” was the recent headline on the news site of the Estonian Public Broadcasting (news.err.ee) and indeed, the numbers do show a worrying downward trend when it comes to trust in the Estonian government and parliament. The numbers in question are those of …

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The opening session of the 14th Riigikogu. Photo by Erik Peinar.

Chris Glew: Estonia’s problem is the voting system

Chris Glew argues that Estonia needs a different voting system – as currently, there’s a lack of a direct link between the voter and the MP.* For those unaware, Estonia’s method of electing its parliamentarians is the d’Hondt method of proportional representation. The country is divided into 12 regions, each …

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Sir Malcolm Bruce: Estonia is clearly a Nordic country

Interview with Sir Malcolm Bruce, British Liberal Democrat member of parliament (MP) for Gordon (Scotland), Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Estonia, and Chair of the Select Committee on International Development. “Do you speak any Estonian?” is the first thing Sir Malcolm Bruce MP asks me, and I reply …

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